The European Horizon-2020 project Council of Coaches aims to develop a
tool in which virtual embodied coaches form a team of experts that can
discuss amongst themselves and with the user how the user could improve
his healthy lifestyle behaviors. The project combines state of the art
3D Virtual Avatars with language and reasoning technology and applies
this to the area of lifestyle and behavior change coaching.
The goal of research is to design, implement and evaluate user
interaction with the team of virtual agents, the council of coaches
(Home Interface) and one-on-one interaction with a single coach (Mobile
Interface). In particular it focuses on
1.Modelling coaches with their own specific agenda and behaviour style
aiming at creating unique social relationships with users.
2.Adapting virtual coaches? behavior to ensure that user maintains his
involvement in the relationship with the coaches.
Specific attention will be given to the development of virtual coaches
with a wide variety of behavioural characteristics and personality
traits. Several studies have shown how low level features such as
behaviour expressivity and high level characteristic (e.g. personality
traits ) affect user?s involvement in their interaction with the virtual
characters and impact his performances (McRorie et al., 2011) (Paiva et
The work in this research will make use of and build upon the GRETA/VIB
platform developed at UPMC (Pecune et al., 2014) for multimodal
behaviour generation and for visualizing virtual coaches.
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